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So, I?ve been thinking about this lately. I?ve watched several films in the last couple of weeks, most of them worth of being reviewed. But I?ve found myself in no mood for reviewing. I came to the conclusion that the way I just didn?t like the way I was reviewing anymore. It took me way too long to write them, and I found them uncomfortably long and essay-like. Then I thought about the reviews I like to read and came with a new form similar to them. It?s now going to be easier for me to write reviews, and hopefully easier for you to read and enjoy them. Here?s the basic format for whoever is interested:
STARRING & DIRECTED BY
THOUGHTS I HAD BEFORE WATCHING
STORYLINE/SCRIPT --> 0 to 30 points
ACTING --> 0 to 30 points
BEHIND THE CAMERAS --> 0 to 20 points
ENTERTAINMENT/FUN FACTOR --> 0 to 20 points
WOULD I RECOMMEND IT?
MY FINAL RATING --> 0 t0 100 points (adding up the criteria above)
I just made this blog to make you guys more familiarized with my new format of reviewing. Hope it makes everything easier, and I hope it brings back my love for watching and reviewing films.
Keep in touch and expect soon my review of Burlesque, the first one in this new format!
The MTV Movie Awards. Maybe not the most prestigious award ceremony, but certainly one of the most entertaining. While the Oscars tell you what movies you should watch, the Movie Awards tell you what you are already watching, enjoying it, and they reward it.
I was always very fond of these awards, basically since they were totally accessible to a much wider audience than other awards. You’ve probably seen most of the movies that got nominated, so you knew what was going on. They were always funny, and super entertaining. And then, ever since last year, we got two things that screw the ceremony over: the Twilight saga, and the opportunity to choose the nominees. Separately, these two things wouldn’t be, let’s say, so “harmful”; but together is just nasty. If people get the opportunity to choose from the beginning the nominees, it’s obvious everything will become a popularity contest, and not a matter of who deserves it the most. And that’s exactly what has been happening ever since the last year with “Twilight”, which has probably been one of the biggest thinking-with-your-hormones phenomenons of the last years. While I could write an entire blog of why I’m against Twilight and the horrible effects is leaving on culture, mainly on cinema and on girl’s minds, I’m only dedicating this blog to analyze the award show of the past Sunday, you know, just like we did in the Oscars. So, enjoy seeing a bunch of sparkly vampires ruin what used to be one of the greatest movie events of the year:
Nominees: Alice in Wonderland, Avatar, The Hangover, Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince, The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Winner: The Twilight Saga: New Moon. Surprise!
I voted for: Alice in Wonderland
Should’ve won: ANY OF THE OTHER NOMINEES! I actually thought that the four remaining contestants would’ve each actually deserve the award. Really good movies.
Were the hormones talking? : Most definitely!
BEST MALE PERFORMANCE
Nominees: Channing Tatum (Dear John), Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Robert Pattinson (New Moon), Taylor Lautner (New Moon), Zac Efron (17 Again).
Winner: Robert Pattinson. Geez, another surprise.
I voted for: Channing Tatum
Should’ve won: Actually, none of the performances here were even Movie Award worthy, since they are all part of teen idol mania, but I think that either Tatum or Radcliffe were the most decent one.
Were the hormones talking? : Pattinson was in the movie for about ¼ of it, and he still got the award...just think about that.
BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE
Nominees: Amanda Seyfried (Dear John), Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side), Zoe Saldana (Avatar), Emma Watson (Harry Potter), Kristen Stewart (New Moon)
Winner: Kristen Stewart
I voted for: Sandra Bullock
Should’ve won: just like in the Best Movie category, the other four contestants were actually good choices. Sandra Bullock would’ve closed beautifully her winning strike, but I would’ve been happy with any other…
Were the hormones talking? : Not exactly hormones, but loyalty to the werewolves and vampires franchise…
Nominees: Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air), Quinton Aaron (The Blind Side), Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover), Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson), Chris Pine (Star Trek), Gabourey Sidibe (Precious).
Winner: Anna Kendrick
I voted for: Anna Kendrick
Should’ve won: even though I know she won just because she is a Twilight graduate, I’m glad Kendrick won. She did deserve it. Probably one of the few benefits she got from being in those movies.
Were the hormones talking? : Either they were just supporting a fellow Twilight companion, or it was one of the tiny bits of common sense in the show…
Nominees: Cristoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds), Helena Bonham Carter (Alice in Wonderland), Ken Jeong (The Hangover), Stephen Lang (Avatar), Tom Felton (Harry Potter)
Winner: Tom Felton
I voted for: Helena Bonham Carter
Should’ve won: even though Felton did make a good villain in the sixth Potter film, I think Waltz, Bonham Carter, or even Jeong were much more memorable…
Were the hormones talking? : I don’t think they were, I just think it wasn’t the best choice…
BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE
Nominees: Ben Stiller (Night at the Museum), Sandra Bullock (The Proposal), Ryan Reynolds (The Proposal), Bradley Cooper (The Hangover), Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover)
Winner: Zach Galifianakis
I voted for: Sandra Bullock
Should’ve won: actually, one of the best chosen categories. I would’ve been happy with any of them, except probably Ben Stiller. I think it’s given for granted that he’s funny in every movie he makes, and that’s not always the case…
Were the hormones talking? : Not at all.
Nominees: Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning (The Runaways), Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson (New Moon), Taylor Lautner and Taylor Swift (Valentine’s Day), Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington (Avatar), Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds (The Proposal)
Winner: Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. Did you really thought otherwise.
I voted for: Taylor Lautner and Taylor Swift
Should’ve won: Three out of the five nominees had a Twilight member cast in there, so it was obvious one of them was going to win. It was even more obvious that the kiss of the movie was going to be the one, but I think that, if you’re already giving the award to a member, at least let it be on some other film…(please be noted that Twilight broke two great traditions of the awards when winning this: the on-stage kiss, and the gay kiss winner)
Were the hormones talking? : As much as in the film…
Nominees: Beyoncé Knowles vs Ali Larter (Obsessed), Robert Downey Jr. vs Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes), Hugh Jackman vs Liev Schreiber vs Ryan Reynolds (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Logan Lerman vs Jake Abel (Percy Jackson), Sam Worthington vs Stephen Lang (Avatar)
Winner: Beyoncé Knowles vs Ali Larter
I voted for: Beyoncé Knowles vs Ali Larter
Should’ve won: Girl on girl fight? Beyoncé and Nikki from Heroes? Well, what a better choice! I’m glad it won, but too bad it was this years’ award not given during the ceremony…
Were the hormones talking? : Probably, but definitely not the ones from the Twilight fans…
BEST WTF MOMENT
Nominees: Bill Murray (Zombieland), Ken Jeong (The Hangover), Betty White (The Proposal), Isabel Lucas (Transformers 2), Megan Fox (Jennifer’s Body)
Winner: Ken Jeong
I voted for: Megan Fox
Should’ve won: one of the latest award additions, and one of the funniest ones. Another one of the few categories that were more or less well chosen. I would’ve been happy with either…
Were the hormones talking? : Naked Chinese guy jumping naked out of a trunk? Yeah, I don’t think so…
BEST SCARED-AS-S**T PERFORMANCE
Nominees: Sharlto Copley (District 9), Amanda Seyfried (Jennifer’s Body), Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland), Katie Featherson (Paranormal Activity), Alison Lohman (Drag Me to Hell)
Winner: Amanda Seyfried
I voted for: Jesse Eisenberg
Should’ve won: even though, it wasn’t my first choice, I’m glad “Jennifer’s Body” won something. It sureley deserved at least one (Best Kiss, for example, but it didn’t even got nominated)…
Were the hormones talking? : That movie was all about hormones, so probably, but, again, not the ones I’m complaining about…
BIGGEST BADASS STAR
Nominees: Angelina Jolie, Channing Tatum, Rain, Sam Worthington, Chris Pine
I voted for: Angelina Jolie
Should’ve won: probably one of the most unnecessary award additions. Never cared much for that one, so whichever one was fine…
Were the hormones talking? : Nah…
Nominees: Robert Pattinson, Daniel Raddcliffe, Johnny Depp, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner
Winner: Robert Pattinson
I voted for: Johnny Depp
Should’ve won: Probably this is the award I’m most upset about. The voting for this category in special was opened for people all over the world (there comes the “Global” part), and it was supposed to portray the most important celebrity in the globe right now. To start off, among great pre-nominees like Angelina Jolie, Robert Downey Jr., or Sandra Bullock, three out of the five ones were part of the Twilight pack. Damn. But it was okay, since the true winner of that award got in, which was Johnny Depp. I think he truly embodies the spirit of a “Global Superstar”…but, surprise, the boy with the messy hair got it…
Were the hormones talking? : If they weren’t talking now, people are just stupid…
I know many people don’t care about the MTV Movie Awards, and how they think that the winners are arranged, and that it’s stupid giving awards to films that are bad critically anyways. Well, for me they were one of the few awards that acknowledged the movies that are truly seen, and were one of the most imporant “people awards”. But since all that “pick the nominees” crap got in, well, fair democracy is barely even made. Not even a nomination chance is given, but now it’s just pre-nominee chance. The nomination slots are saved for Twilight. Oh, and the winners too. I’m very disappointed at them, and while probably most of you don’t care, I did and I wanted to complaint. The only thing that soothes me is that there’s only two more years left (well, probably, three, with the stupendous news that Twilight wanted to go Harry Potter and is dividing the fourth installment into two), before my personally very beloved awards go back to normal.
So, we've been going to the movies for approximately a century now. Ever since the early 1900s to, well, the 2010s. Movies have evolved in the last 100 years probably as quickly and as much as we have. What's great about films is that they can show us this evolution after it had already happened. So I gave myslef the task (a quite long one, actually), to gather around the most representative movies set in ech of the decades of the past century. This was we can see how they have shown us the situations that were lived in a particular time and the people in it, and how we've changed as a world. Enjoy my countdown of the past one hundred years, and hopefully you'll learn something on the way. A little story never hurt anyone...
The beginning of a new century; the century that will be called later on "The Century of Change". And what an appropriate nickname. From electricity to iPods, to atomic bombs, to 3D. In less than 100 years, all of these inventions will revolutionize the way of living in a dramatic way. No wonder people in films set during this era are desperately looking for escapes inside the starting whirl of change. Whether it is boys that don't want to grow older in "Peter Pan", authors trying to evade their problems in "Finding Neverland", power-thirsty personas in "There Will be Blood" or "Citizen Kane", people meeting in St. Louis or Chinese dynasties dying in "The Last Emperor", people want desperately to avoid the arrival of new things. Little they knew that fate is inescapable. Who would say that these things that they feared back then, have become indispensable now?
It began well, but it ended terribly. With the revolutionary new ideas that the 1900s brought, no one would imagine that the rise of the century would be interrupted, and ruined, by the assassination of an archduke and the little war that it brought along. Still, it's worth mentioning that some of the most memorable characters and events arose in this period. There was "Anastasia" trying to escape the Russian civil war, "Coco Before Chanel" and her humble beginnings before she changed women's fashion completely, a man aging backwards, "A Little Princess", a magical nanny that invented what might be the longest yet the most memorable word ever, and a Phantom in the Opera. Oh, and does someone remember a little ship that sank? Yes, the one that was supposed to be indestructible... Well, with all of this in our memory who needs to recall the murder of Franz Ferdinand and the aftermaths?
Oh, the Roaring Twenties. Social, artistic, and economic outburst followed the end of WWI. Those were good times. "Amelia" was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. Howard Hughes became the most famous "Aviator" ever. Show tunes dressed up murders in "Chicago. People sang in the rain, letters were sent to Iwo Jima and a Geisha wrote her memoirs. That was a fine decade. Yeah, if you lived here, surrounded by jazz, liquor and Art Deco, you would never have seen coming the Great Depression that followed. Talking about change of tides...
Wow, this was not a good decade at all. It started out with the crash of Wall Street, generating one of the biggest economic crises, and it ended up with the beginning of probably the most brutal war fought so far. No wonder there were so many unfortunate changes. "Australia" was bombed precisely after English noblewomen had adopted aborigines, mafia arose everywhere (from yellow-suited detectives named "Dick Tracy", to "Public Enemies", to godfathers), giant gorillas climbed the Empire State, and an archaeologist Indiana Jones lived three epics in less than ten years. It didn't look nice. But this was practically Wonderland, comparing to what a short man named Adolf did during the next decade...
Many things could have happened during this time. But I'm only focusing the decade on a single event: World War II. I just think that the rise of one of history's most ruthless dictators, the assassination of more than six million people and the end of battle thanks to a little something called the atomic bomb are some things that are worth talking about. There are uncountable things about this period of time, and we know a few thanks to movies. We know that “Schindler’s List” saved dozens of lives, the sad end of “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas” and what would’ve happened if there had been “Inglourious Basterds”. We know that a Pan opened his labyrinth, that there was a very talented “Pianist” out there, that a master plan called “Valkyrie” failed terribly, and, quite ironically, that “Life is Beautiful”. We know many other things, but naming them all would require a whole entry by itself. Let’s just leave it in the fact that this was one of the most unfortunate decades that history ever lived…
Recovery was needed after the end of the war. Economy, and lifestyle in general, seemed to be uprising, and the American Dream was born. Yet, there many battles still remained to be fought. Whether it was “Evita” fighting for Argentina or “Che” fighting against Cuba, “Goodfellas” struggling in the mafia world, “Ed Wood” trying to make a name for himself in Hollywood, Ray Charles or Edith Piaf breaking out in the music industry, Danny Zucco battling for the love of Sandy, or Teddy Daniels contending a conspiracy on a “Shutter Island”, people wanted normality back. They wanted the war consequences to stop and they wouldn’t quit without a fight. Fights that wouldn’t end until decades later. But in those times, they were fought much more differently…
All You Need Is Love. It was the motto for this decade. Flowers, hippies, The Beatles, and peace. To fight without really doing so. Social revolution and conscience. Some people lived in their own perfect world. They travelled “Across the Universe”, became”Dreamgirls”, used way too much “Hairspray”, took over Woodstock, and were trying to get caught (if they could). Others didn’t have the same luck. Some were fighting on a “Platoon”, flying to the moon, roughly receiving “An Education”, dancing in the dark, learning that the Apocalypse was now, and one of them even flew over the cuckoo’s nest. It was either a rocking decade, or a miserable one. It depends on where you lived it…
The social explosion that took place in the past decade started to fade out in this one, but it left two strong things. Liberties and environmentalism. People were conscious about their troubles. Oh, and music of course. But not like in the 60s. Much more rock and roll, punk, and beginnings of heavy metal. In was in this decade that people became “Almost Famous”, where Frost confronted Nixon, Susie Salmon’s lovely bones were murdered, Scotland had its last king, Harvey Milk made a huge step for homosexuals, “The Runaways” rocked music for girls, and Harry met Sally…40 years ago. Long time, huh? But still, if you think about it, it’s much closer to the modern way of living that we’re used to.
Well, it’s the beginnings of where we’re at now. Technological advances were huge. To begin with, they had computers. The cassettes replaced the huge vinyl records, and movies were pretty much as advanced as they could be until the 2000s. In was here when Marty McFly travelled three times “Back to the Future”, an “American Psycho” was loose in town, boys changed boxing for ballet, superheroes existed in an alternate reality and were watching men, bohemians couldn’t pay their “Rent”, this wasn’t a country for old men, people were in a constant pursuit of happyness, and a big girl discovered that life is “Precious”. Hey! Some of you even might have been born during these times. It gets more and more familiar, doesn’t it?
Our last stop. The end of the decade. It was a long journey to get here. From people fearing a light bulb, we get to the necessity of new media, such as the Internet or cell phones. And I bet that every single one of us can relate now to this decade. This was when “Amélie” had her epic search for a lover; Nelson Mandela changed his country through rugby, the English queen struggled with the loss of the princess, Eminem walked “8 Miles”, and apparently it was when Harry Potter started his magical adventure. At least it was when he became the Boy Who Lived. Oh, this was a fine ending for a fine century….
So, this is the end of the journey across the century. I hope you guys learned something from this. I know I did. I think this shows us that movies teach us more about history than we think….
So, the 82nd Academy Awards were last Sunday. People liked them. People did not liked them. People expected the actual results; people didn't. As for me, I had a little them of both, but, in conclusion, even though it may be one of the ceremonies with the most unexpected outcomes (at least for me), it wasn't the greatest. In fact they were very average...
Let's start out with the hosts. You have to like Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin. They're funny, let's face it, and have tons of charisma. Yet I don't know if they had what it takes to host th Oscars. They were funny at times, but they felt pretty flat throughout the show. I did love their Paranormal Activity parody, and they did some good jokes here and there, but that was about it. Hugh Jackman was so much better and entertaining last year, and, well, don't even get me started on Ellen DeGeneres three years ago. Still waiting for her to host her second ceremony...
The show was not what I had in mind. It was actually very boring. And I would've expected differently having the production it had. It was a total mistake that they replaced the Original Song Nominees performances for the Original Score dances (I think that was an attempt of doing something different that failed big time. I mean, at least get the guys some costumes!), and I found the John Hughes tribute very out of place. There were some interesting parts, like the Horror tribute (I thought they were going to do the same thing with every genre, which would've been great, so this felt out of place at the end also), and the Ben Stiller Avatar part. God, I laughed so hard there! Also I liked that people with close relationships with the Acting nominees presented them this time. It was an interesting twist on last year (I can't think what Gabourey Sidibe was feeling in that moment. Presented by Oprah in the same category as Meryl Streep? Wow!) So, as a wrap up, the show was much, much entertaining last year (with the spectacular musical numbers, the recount of the year in each genre, and the Acting Awards presentations).
Now, about the outcomes. There were some pretty obvious ones, like the extremely predictable, yet deserved, Acting Categories (I still think Meryl Streep should've won, but, hey, there's always the 17th nomination...), the Animated Feature, Original Song and Score, the Visual Effects, and the Directing one (I was so freakin' happy when Kathryn Bigelow won. Definitely a before-and-after for women in film).
But there were some disappointments and some surprises. Why on Earth would Avatar win Cinematography and Art Direction if everything created in there was totally virtual? Aren't the set decorators and cinematographers also waiting for the Visual Effects part? I can't get my head wrapped around that...I also think it's time for Costume Design to go for something other than Victorian and Elizabethan movies. They have taken it for the last four years! I was also surprised, yet really happy, that Argentina won for Best Foreign Film (I would've bet anything on the White Ribbon), and Jason Reitman and Quentin Tarantino were both totally robbed in the screenwriting categories. That was a real pity...
And then there is the Best Picture deal. I've to be honest. I still haven't seen The Hurt Locker (it just come out this last Friday on my town, and, sorry, but Alice in Wonderland was on the must-see list a year ago, so it has so wait another week), and I can't say I'm not happy it won, but I was definitely very surprised. I thought Avatar was going to take it. I wouldn't think the Academy would ignore the highest-grossing film of all time the way they did. It was really unexpected. Even though I'm sure that in a couple of years, The Hurt Locker would be remembered as "just another acknowledged film", I'm glad that for now it has the recognition it received. I mean, Avatar literally earned eternity. Let the small war film take home the Oscar. It's just fair.
So, although it wasn't the best ceremony by far (it was actually kind of flat and dull), it's still the Oscars, and I'm always happy when they come around. Now the expectatives and predictions are all over, and we're left with a whole year of watching movies ahead of us before the buzz of the golden statue arrives again...
So, the 82nd Academy Awards are just around the corner. We all have predictions about it. Probably 2/3 of the RT users have made their blog entries about this issue. And I'm not going to be left behind. Even though I think what you're all thinking..I want you to know it. So, here are my predictions for the 2010 Oscars. And as usual, there's the "Obvious Winner", "Should Win", "Personal Choice", and "Ignored Nominees" parts....enjoy! And if anyone thinks differently, don't hesitate in commenting...
So, ten nominees. You'd think there would be some competition among the films. But the reality couldn't be farther from that. We all know it's among "Avatar" and "The Hurt Locker". And "Avatar" is most lilkely to win. How can the Academy ignore the highest grossing film of all time? I think that if they'd knew this would happen, I don't think they would've extended the list. What for? But, hey, looking at the bright side, they made five other films feel more important than they would've felt in other years...
Obvious Winner: Avatar
Should Win: The Hurt Locker
Personal Choice: Inglourious Basterds
Ignored Nominees: There were an awful lot this year. What happened to Julie & Julia, Invictus, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Nine, Public Enemies, (500) Days of Summer, or even the Hangover or the visually stunning Watchmen? I think that with ten nominees the Academy would open up their minds outside dramas. I mean, there are two sci-fis and one animation, but still…
I think that as well as in Best Picture, is between Avatar and The Hurt Locker. But unlike the main category, I think and hope that Bigelow will get it. It would be only fair. I mean, think about it, what would be the smartest thing to do? Give the statue to someone who already has one? Or to give to someone who is not only the first woman who would get one, but also the ex-wife of the other option? And still with this in mind, I think this is one of the most uncertain categories. It’s one of the few that will give you doubts up until the envelope is opened…
Obvious Winner: Tough one, but I’m going for Bigelow
Should Win: Kathryn Bigelow
Personal Choice: Either Quentin Tarantino or Jason Reitman (I can’t get past Juno)
Ignored Nominees: To state the obvious, Clint Eastwood for Invictus, and some people are mentioning Neill Blomkamp for “District 9”, but I’m not sure if I think the same…
BEST LEADING ACTOR
I really wouldn't know much about this particular category, siamong all nominees, I've only seen Freeman as Mandela in Invictus. And even though he was good, it's obvious he's not going to get it. So I'm just going with the odds. Jeff Bridges is going to get it. We all know that. We are all expecting that. It would be a real surprise if someone else gets it. And if anyone is going to, I think Clooney is the one who should.
Obvious Winner: Jeff Bridges
Should Win: Jeff Bridges
Personal Choice: Based on appearances alone, George Clooney seems the best option to me...
Ignored Nominees: I think they nailed it here. The people who are supposed to be here are here.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Tough one. Damon was amazing in Invictus, and Tucci creeped the hell out of me in "Lovely Bones". Haven't seen the other ones, but I'm sure they were just as good. Difficult choice...Who am I kidding?! Cristoph Waltz will win, should win, and I want him to win! Col. Hans Landa was outstanding. I never hated anyone so much for asking a glass of milk...
Obvious Winner: Cristoph Waltz
Should Win: Cristoph Waltz
Personal Choice: Cristoph Waltz
Ignored Nominees: Who cares? It doesn't matter who would've entered the list, Waltz still wins.
BEST LEADING ACTRESS
Actually I think this is one of the toughest ones. And it's no joke. All of the performances were really powerful, and deserved to be here. Though I think Bullock is going to get it, and I want Streep to get it, either Sidibe or Mulligan could give a surprise. No Helen Mirren. Sorry. Too soon for a second statue...
Obvious Winner: Hard choice. I think Sandra Bullock, even though it hurts to admit it...
Should Win: Meryl Streep, for God's sake! 16 nominations and you still haven't realized that?!
Personal Choice: Meryl Streep
Ignored Nominees: Emily Blunt in "The Young Victoria" or Marion Cotillard in "Nine". Loved them both.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Well, I think that along with Supporting Actor, this is the other one that we know for sure. Mo'Nique has it already. We know she's getting it. And, even though "Precious" hasn't arrived to Mexico yet (March 5th), I already know she deserves it. In a way, it's too bad, since I would love to see Anna Kendrick, a Twilight graduated, win an Oscar; that way she could redeem herself from appearing alongside the sparkly vampires...
Obvious Winner: Mo'Nique
Should Win: Mo'Nique
Personal Choice: I'm sticking with Mo'Nique, but I would really like seeing Anna Kendrick win
Ignored Nominees: I really liked Marion Cotillard on "Public Enemies". This was definitely her year. And i think that both Mélanie Laurent and Diane Kruger were extremely underrated for her performances in the Basterds. They were definitely for me some of he many highlights of the film...
BEST ANIMATED FILM
Yeah, we know Up is winning. And, honestly, I don't know why. Yeah, it's Pixar, and yes, it was really good and moving (as most of their films are). But put alongside the other nominees (except for "The Secret of Kells". Never heard of that one), I think that it has the weakest plotine. I think "The Princess and the Frog" should win. I think it would count for all the dozens of the fantastic 2D Disney films that came before this category appeared...
Obvious Winner: Up
Should Win: The Princess and the Frog
Personal Choice. The Princess and the Frog
Ignored Nominees: Great year for animation. And the top ones are right here...(except, again, for the Secret of Kells, i think it stole the spot of Ponyo, or even Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs)
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
I haven't seen any of the nominated films (but based again on odds. The White Ribbon is going to win) but I wanted to mention this category personally I'm really happy that two Latin American movies got the chance to win. It makes me proud in a way. They're not going to win, but this really quite opens some doors...
Obvious Winner: The White Ribbon
Should Win: The White Ribbon
Personal Choice: Either "El Secreto de Sus Ojos" or "The Milk of Sorrow"
Ignored Nominees: I was really, really surprised that neither Chile's "The Maid", or Spain's "Broken Embraces" made it...
I’m not going any farther, since these are the categories that really, well, matter. But I will just do the question that everyone is doing: Why the hell wasn’t (500) Days of Summer nominated for anything, especially Original Script?
So, let’s just wait for March 7th, to find everything out. This might be one of the most predictable ceremonies we've seen in quite some time, and we might all half-know the winners, but I still want to see a good show. I hope Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin make good hosts (still no one can top Ellen DeGeneres. I’m still waiting for her second ceremony), and I’m expecting good performances. I mean, Adam Shankman is producing, so I’m hoping for at least one good musical number. Anyways, there are just 7 days and a couple of hours remaining to see how everything turns out to be…
Lust. Pride. Gluttony. Greed. Envy. Wrath. Sloth. These are the seven deadly sins. And, let's just admit it, we all have a bit of each one deep inside us (even though some seem to have them not so deeply). Sin is a human condition. We all have it. And it's just natural if we find them hiding inside some movies, also. Movies are human, and so is sin. So, I gave myself the task to find movies that could define each of the sins. And, surprise, I found way more than seven:
Lust. The desire of the flesh. Most movies depict this. Most movies aren't succesful enough if they don't have a bit of lust. But there are just some that are just filled with it: "Closer", all the "American Pie" franchise, the extravaganza "Moulin Rouge!", the fatal-provocative "Eyes Wide Shut", and even the teen comedy "Superbad". Still, no one compares to the lust master: "American Beauty". That movie is pure lust by itself. And you know it just by looking at the trailer, or even at the ads. You can't get any sexier than that...
Vanity. Ego. Pride. Who hasn't, at least for one second, thought him or herself better than the rest of the people? Prettier, smarter, stronger? I think we all have. And film characters have also. From the super-vain prince who was turned into a beast in Disney's classic animated film, to the delightfully hateful Runway editor-in-chief Miranda Priestly, to the young man who sold his sould to a portrait artist in exchange for eternal youth in "Dorian Gray". But you just can't get any narcissistic than "American Psycho's" Patrick Bateman. Based on the initial sequence alone, on the facial treatments, the obsessive whiteness, the morning workouts, I dare to say, that if someone ever sinned of being proud, it was him. Of course he was covering up his serial killer persona, but still....
No limits. That's the definition for gluttony. Everything in excess. Not necessarily food, though that's the thing we associate the sin with. No. It's practically everything without measure. That's why I dared to include here the always disturbing "Requiem for a Dream", Anne Hathaway's life role in "Rachel Gettin Married", the even more disturbing (and gross) documentary "Super Size Me", and the hilarious, yet still sinful and over the top "The Hangover". Still, let's not forget about gluttony for us, the audience. And boy, are there some movies that just make our mouth water. Try Catherine Zeta Jone's and Aaron Eckhart's "No Reservations", Meryl Streep's yet another masterpiece "Julie & Julia", but you just can't get gluttoner than Burton's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". Who wouldn't want to fall into a chocolate river, or try one of the millions Wonka candy bars? That movie causes you diabetes by just watching...
Hunger for power, money, fame, recognition....We can all relate to that. It's not like we can ever be satisfied with what we have. We always want more. Just ask Ebezner Scrooge from any of the adaptations from "A Christmas Carol", Macbeth in his insatiable fight for the throne, or any of the powerful businessmen in "Wall Street", "There Will Be Blood", or "No Country for Old Men", each in their own field. But if there's one movie that clearly portrays what one is capable of doing for just a little taste of fame, is Rob Marshall's "Chicago". Pure avarice dressed up with showtunes.....fancy.
Just as with greed, we humans are never satisfied with what we have. We also have to own what others have, whether it is a talent, an object, or even a person. In "Amadeus" the object of desire are the musical abilities, in "The Prestige" are the magical secrets, in "Atonement" a lie, and in "My Best Friend's Wedding", well, the groom. But to understand all of those, we have to go back to the lady of envy, the mother of all jealousy..."Mirror, mirror in the wall...Who is the fairest of them all?" That's right, the Evil Queen from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" gaves credit to her title by being the Queen of the individuals who desire something they do not own...
Being angry is quite relieving sometimes. You get to let out everything that it's inside you, and even though you may not think clearly at the time, you feel way better afterwards. But there are some people for which the "better" part never arrives. They live ruled by anger, fear, or revenge. Whether it be "Kill Bill's" life mission to, well, Kill Bill, "The Count of Monte Cristo's" or "Carrie's" thirst for revenge, or just genetic mutation that makes you act like that (right, "Hulk"?), this guys just can't get a break. But no one ever compares to Mr. Benjamin Barker, alias "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street", who literally cut the throat off everyone who got in their way of gaining his daughter and wife back. The end is kind of ironic, but I'm not going to spoil. Someone might get angry...
I have to agree this was the most difficult sin to work with. Not in every movie you just see a guy laying around sleeping, or a girl watching TV all day long. Or maybe I just was too lazy and didn't research enough...Oh, well, in any case, there are some characters that even though the story is not about that, for a big part of the film they laid around doing doing. How about Bruce Willis' Dystopian world were people just lay around in a couch living their perfect virtual lives in "Surrogates"? Or the lovely, yet totally useless Panda Po at the beggining of "Kung Fu Panda"? Or Princess Aurora, who literally slept by half the movie of "Sleeping Beauty"? But I think the people who deserve the award of being the laziest of them all, is precisely us as a human race. Just remember how hard was it for us to just grab a cup of soda in Disney's "Wall-E"! While it was sci-fi, it was frightenly realistic...
So here they are, the Se7en Deadly Movies. Well, way more than seven. And of course I didn't include them all. There are many more hidden out there. And even though, as said before, each one of us contains a bit of each of the sins inside, watching these movies may make feel us a little less guilty....
Last movie of 2009? Rob Marshall's "Chicago". First movie of 2010? Rob Marshall's "Memoirs of a Geisha". Right now, I have obtained a giant amount of great music, costumes, and art design, only in very two different ways. Broadway and Japan. Kind of like sparkly sushi. Anyways, that just leaves "Nine" for me. Hope it doesn't disappoint...
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!
Still unsure yet so excited about this site...so many things to look at. Thousands of movies to review!! Still, I don't think I will. I'll just review as I watch along, otherwise I will never finish. Already created two lists! Yeah! Still have to join a couple of groups and make some friends. Anyone?
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